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Alamy.com / Re: Alamy- Any success??
« on: February 25, 2016, 14:35 »
I have 900 on Getty and make about $7/month.  I'm starting to regret submitting all those exclusively to Getty.  I think I would have done far better with those photos even with microstock.  So now I'm looking into Alamy, 500px, etc as an alternative for future photos.

Selling Stock Direct / Buying Stock (micro) - License
« on: February 15, 2016, 15:35 »
I'm putting together a photo book and I'm obviously trying to keep costs down. The preferred image license structure would be Extended License RF, which I can get for $35/pic from Fotolia and Dreamstime. I'm starting to run out of image selection and may head to social media to gather up some more photos from undiscovered photographers. What I'm in need of is an iron clad license between our LLC and the photographer to use their photo in the book and have it be extended license to be on merchandise  Is there any license template out there. I've obviously looked and couldn't find one even close enough to tweak.  We're willing to pay for such a template.

Also what is a fair amount? Like I said, the vast majority can be found on microstock at $35/image.  What percentage does micro stock photographers get any more, 40%? For some reason $200/pic is sticking in my head as a good, more than fair amount for our needs, but do you think more or less.  I'd like to go as low as $150, considering a lot of the amateurs nowadays are getting $14/pic for the same type of license we need.


Dreamstime.com / Extended License
« on: January 29, 2016, 12:40 »
I'm looking to buy about 80-100 extended license images.  Does dreamstime have the best prices compared to the other micros?

General Stock Discussion / Re: Did a Test at IStock
« on: February 03, 2010, 13:57 »
No I don't think MicroStock is the bad guy but I do believe that the agencies have lost sight of the reality of an Agent / Client relationship. Somehow they have gotten it twisted and believe that we are employees but we should all remember that without OUR CONTENT they have nothing but empty servers and Databases with no data. Their livelihood is 100% dependent on our intellectual property.


iStockPhoto.com / Re: How much do you like Istockphoto?
« on: February 03, 2010, 12:53 »
I know that many of people who have to say anything will stay silent because they are afraid of istock administators wraith. Maybe you who are customers as well you who got bullied there have something to say? Maybe someone isn't afraid?

... I'm Afraid

I would also like to know the answer to this question. My main goal to go istock exclusive would be to submit to getty, but if for some reason I'm unable to submit to getty i want to be able to go back to non-exclusive

General Stock Discussion / Re: Getty Images
« on: June 11, 2009, 14:03 »
Also, your keywording concerns aren't valid: at Getty it's done by the collection editors, not the contibutors.

Well how do you think Getty goes about Flickr for images? Do they say, ok we don't have many photos of Tibet. Let's search Flickr for some photos of Tibet and if they are good enough in concept ask the photographer to put them on Getty. If that is the process they find the photos they want and if you don't have any keywords for your Flickr photos then you'll never get contacted by Getty

General Stock Discussion / Re: Getty Images
« on: June 11, 2009, 11:43 »

I believe they have a pay per image scheme, you pay Getty $50 for every accepted image or something along those lines.

Yes, I have heard this too, but you still need to get appoved to Getty somehow to do this.

General Stock Discussion / Re: Getty Images
« on: June 11, 2009, 11:16 »
well clearly dunsmore knows more then me... but that still doesn't answer my questions.

Are the only/main two ways to get accepted on Getty:
1.  Be exclusive and at least Silver in IS
2.  Register on Getty and give them the link to your Flickr website (in this case, make sure to only have your best photos on flickr?)

General Stock Discussion / Re: Getty Images
« on: June 11, 2009, 11:02 »
Ok, well teach me how to walk oh wise one

General Stock Discussion / Re: Getty Images
« on: June 11, 2009, 10:43 »
I make about $500/month right now doing micro. So it would only take a couple sales. I haven't spent much time with istock lately as I was getting the worst rejections there with my old 20d. I knew at first they were offering up getty uploads for their diamonds, but it looks like now they are offering it up to golds and silvers as well. That is all of course if you're exclusive with them. hmm, i've always been a little afraid of that 'exlusive' word.

General Stock Discussion / Getty Images
« on: June 11, 2009, 10:07 »
Alrighty ... so a few months ago I finally upgraded from my old Canon 20D up to a Canon 5dm2.
I really want to merge out of "micro" stock and make more money for my photos. So I've slowly been researching the major stock players.
Does anyone have any experience with Getty or Corbis?
I went to Getty and filled out their application. You have to list a website... and have to have the website on flickr or another site.
I'm wondering if this is really the way to get accepted on Getty? I've had nearly all my photos on flickr, a few thousand. Should I narrow it down to my best 50?? Will Getty really make their decisions on all my photos?
After Getty looks through my photos will they only tell me which certain ones they want. Will I never have the free will to upload to them whatever photo I want. If that's the case I better do a super job having all my flickr photos keyworded well.
Another questions, so I just got back from Asia being there for 3 months and have loads of great photos. Many unique ones, etc. I'm wondering what happens if I start uploading these photos to micro, does that void any chance they will have of ever being on Getty or any of the big ones??

Shutterstock.com / Re: Slowing sales at SS ?
« on: May 02, 2008, 14:27 »
last month was my best month in sales ever on SS in the last few years

LuckyOliver.com / Re: NEWS - Closing the Doors
« on: April 15, 2008, 19:43 »
thats unfortunate about them shutting down I was making money from them

Bigstock.com / Re: Uploading disabled till monday
« on: April 11, 2008, 11:22 »
i hate it when they do that ... imho they do it all too often
i would think it would be in their best interest to hire more image inspectors

iStockPhoto.com / Re: The curse of overfiltering
« on: April 10, 2008, 12:02 »
Most of my rejections on IS are for artifacts. What can you do to take a photo with out artifacts? Is it the quality of the camera or the lense or the way you're taking the photo?  I have a canon 20d and canon L series lense and take all my photos in raw. What am I doing wrong?

SnapVillage.com / Re: Review times at SV
« on: April 10, 2008, 11:48 »
I've been waiting like four days now, hopefully soon ....

SnapVillage.com / Re: Uploading at snapvillage
« on: April 10, 2008, 11:45 »
I'm able to upload 5 at a time, but I have also very occasionaly had it were it would seemingly freeze up. SnapVillage is very aware that they need to improve their upload process and I'm sure its at their top of their list of things to do.

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